WAFJ Tribute

Saturday, December 31, 2005

God's Earthly Angels

God has placed earthly angels all around our family. Our every need is being met before we know it. Everything from runnning errands, bringing in food, moving the furniture around,to just this morning several of the bikers in the church showed up to wash and detail our cars seeing as how Scott was so paticular about his cars. Thank you God for loving us so much that you carry us when we can't walk. Thank you for these wonderful people of God who thru their prayers and support are helping Scott, Candi, and myself.

Scott is resting better this morning. Our hospice nurse ordered a hospital bed to be delivered to the house and it is making Scott more comfortable and it is making his care a little bit easier on us.

When Scott was awake this morning we heard him calling out to God. Candi told to him keep talking to God that God could hear him. Scott told her," Well Duh!", saints of God don't become weary. Continue to call out to God on Scott's behalf.

We are praying for you. God bless you for your faithfulness.

Love you
Vicky and Candi

Thursday, December 29, 2005

IT'S A BOY!


In the midst of our journey God has given a wonderful blessing to out family. Melody (our daughter) and her husband Ben have had their third child. Braydn Scott entered this world on Wednesday evening weighing 6 lbs and 13 oz and was 20 inches long.

Braydn delivered early and is having some breathing complications. They have placed him in the neo-natal intensive care unit and he could possibly be there for 7 days.

Please remember Melody and Braydn in your prayers that their recovery will be swift so that they can make a trip to South Carolina to see Scott. Melody, we love you so much! Our hearts are with you and we wish we could be there. Thank you Heavenly Father for this precious gift to our family.

Scott had an appointment this morning, to have a procedure that would relieve the pressure in his stomach. They took 2 and 1/2 liters of fluid out of his abdomen. It was a long day but we know that this will make him more comfortable.

After our visit with the oncologist on Wednesday, he recommended that we allow hospice to assist us with Scott's care. We have a consultation tomorrow morning. We know that they will help us with many issues we will face in the days to come.

We have received many calls, letters, e-mails and messages in the guest-book with your words of love and encouragement. These have helped lift our spirits and are a blessing to us. Please continue to bring Scott in prayer before our heavenly Father because our journey continues on.

Thank you for your unending prayers and support.
Love You
Vicky

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

An Update From Vicky

Today was our appointment with the oncologist, Scott's cancer has progressed rapidly in these last few days. Candi and I are his constant companions. He has journeyed into the valley, yet following any trip thru the valley we have a mountain top awaiting us. Scott will have his trip to the mountain.

I want to thank all of our prayer partners for their love and support but mostly for your prayers. Mimi (Scott's mom) said yesterday that we need to rename this community to "The Community of Love." You have been so faithful to love and pray for Scott. But we are not finished yet!! Prayer partners it is time for battle gear! Army of God rise up and bombard heaven with prayers for Scott. Let heaven hear our battle cry. Praise and thank God for His continued presence in our home and in our hearts. Pray like you have never prayed before. This is a battle that Satan will not win.

In the midst of this situation we are waiting for news from Melody (our daughter) and Ben that our new grandbaby has been born. Melody is in labor right now in Oregon. Please remember her in your prayers also.
We pray for you each day and thank God for each one of you.
Love you.
Vicky

Monday, December 26, 2005

The Christmas Holiday

We had a wonderful Christmas holiday this weekend. We were given many blessings. We have peace here at home. We enjoyed good weather for the holidays.
I was blessed to be able to attend services and preach on Sunday and I enjoyed it. God made it very special for me. The love in the service overwhelmed my family and me. Thank you!
I hope that you all were equally as blessed. Continue to share your thanks for your blessings with Him. Please continue praying for me. I am battling weakness and severe fatigue. We have an appointment with the oncologist on Wednesday. I appreciate all the prayers. Keep them coming.
I Love You.

Friday, December 23, 2005

My Family Arrives

Just on schedule, my parents pulled into town. We enjoyed some fellowship then went for a bite to eat. Came home for some more chat.

Pray for me today as I try to gather my strength for Preaching! I'm still very fatigued and weak. I love you!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Another Tough Day

I am so sorry for not posting yesterday. I wasn’t able to go to work, and had a doctor appointment in the afternoon. They decided to continue for another week, and cut my blood thinner dosage in half. They still have no clue why I have such severe fatigue. But I get to see my doctor next week again.

Thanks for your prayers. God is using them. He is helping. Please continue to pray, and also pray for my parents as they drive into town and arrive sometime tonight. I love you!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Guard Your Heart !

My scripture reading this morning brought me to this passage: "Above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." (Proverbs 4:23) The heart is a very vulnerable place, and needs to be protected from evil influence. Stay away for perverse talk, pornography, dirty books, raunchy music. One of the ways to keep our heart pure is to surround our lives with wholesome things. What kind of things do you allow to filter into your heart & mind. Is it time to do a checkup?

Thanks for your prayers! I am having a rough day, still battling the chest cold and cough. Pray for my strength and healing. I love you!

Monday, December 19, 2005

A Sad Sunday

Last week I was diagnosed with fluid in my lungs, and given a strong antibiotic. Then a strong cough developed and things worsenend over the weekend. I was so bad on Sunday that I could't go to church and preach, the first time in 20 years of ministry. I really missed the services and the fellowship of God's people, but what I really missed was delivering the Word Of God to my church family. Today I am somewhat better and able to come to the church office for awhile. I am deeply appreciative for Pastor Gary Curry preaching for me in both services. He is a strong and dynamic speaker.

Pray for my continued strength today. I love you!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Saturday Prayer Alert

When I went to the doctor on Wednesday he found some fluid in my lungs and put me on a strong antibiotic. Since then I have developed a bad cough, and it is really bad when I talk. Since I have to preach twice tommorrow, I need a strong touch from the Lord to enable me to speak without coughing. Please pray specifically that I have the strength to preach, and the voice to preach without coughing. Thanks. I love You!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Surrounded By Angels

As I was reading my scripture this morning the Lord showed me this one: "The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and He delivers them." (Psalm 34:7)
I am gracious for the "encamping angels" in my life. The one who rides in my car. The one who hovers over my house keeping me safe. The one who stands guard by my bed each night giving me a restful sleep. I thank God daily for dispatching the angels that I need to watch over me. I can't see them, but I know they are there, at all times.

I hope you are enjoying God-dispatched angels in your life. Ask God to send a few and rest in their protection.

Thanks for your prayers. God is helping me. I love you!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Night Visits From God

In my scripture reading this morning I found this great verse: "On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night." (Psalm 63:6) Do you ever find yourself wide awake in the early hours of the morning? Having a hard time getting back to sleep? I call those time, "God Visits". It's usually during these quiet times in the early morning that God want to speak to us and have fellowship with us. When it happens to me, I just lay back down and began to pray. Oh thank God for those nightly visits. Before too long you are back to sleep again without a care in the world!

Thanks for your prayers. I am feeling good today and had a good night sleep. I love you!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

A Visit With My Doctor

Sorry for posting so late this afternoon. I had an appointment with my oncologist this morning to discuss treatment efficiancy and future treatment options. I told you last week that I had decided to discontinue all further chemotherapy regimens, but I had not told my doctor yet. He wasn't pleased with my decision, but I informed him that from now on it was me, him, and God. He said that wasn't a bad plan. He also found some congestion in my lungs and put me on an antibiotic for one week. I will return next week to see the progress.

So officially today I am depending totally on Christ for my divine healing. I actually feel great relief. No doubts. No second thoughts on my decision. It was always GOD and ME, and my legion of prayer partners anyway. Now I really need your prayers to kick in on behalf of my healing. Keep the prayers coming. I love you!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Remember His Miracles

In my scripture readying this morning, God brought these beautiful verses: "Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles." (Psalm 105:1&5)

Have you ever taken a few moments just to thank God for His blessings in your life, including His miracles? We pray everyday for miracles, and yet we often forget to thank God when He answers. What do you need from God today? A blessing? Answered Prayer? A MIRACLE? He is standing by to recieve your request, but then He stands by to receive your Thanksgiving!

Thanks for your prayers. I am doing somewhat better with my strength and stamina. I love you! Keep the prayers flowing!

Monday, December 12, 2005

The Body of Christ


This past Saturday, about 35 "angels" wearing tool belts and warm clothes for the 28 degree weather, showed up at my house to install a new stockade fence for my back yard. It was truly a labor of love. A housing contractor, who happens to be Baptist, heard about my cancer and my need and told 3 other building professionals about my need. The four of them volunteered to coordinate a group of church volunteers and would donate all the materials! So on Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. our volunteer army arrived to work; 4 Baptists and 30 Nazarenes! We had so much skilled labor that we finished the entire project at 2:00 p.m. The church Biker Ministry provided grilled hamburgers and hotdogs with all the fixins for our lunch. When the foreman was asked why he would get involved in a project like this, he said we are all the family of God, and when a brother is in need we should band together to help!! My heartfelt thanks goes to all the volunteers, but especially the four Baptist Brothers for reaching across denominational lines to do good for another Christian!

Thanks for your prayers this weekend. God helped give me strength and I was able to preach both morning services and God met with us! Pray for my strength and stamina, and for a good appetite this week. I love you!

Friday, December 09, 2005

God My Helper

While reading the scripture this morning, God gave me this passage:"I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord." (Psalm 121:1-2)

I am so glad to be reminded that my fight is the Lord's fight. He has promised to help me and to heal me. I am guilty of trying to help Him instead of resting in His daily provisions. He doesn't need my help! My help come from Him. So I just try to rest in His covering, and enjoy the moments when He is working overtime on my behalf.

Do you need help today? Are you trying to handle the situation all be yourself? Claim this promise today. God is your helper! He is in control! Let him show Himself strong in your life today by relying totally on Him!

Thanks for your prayers. Today is a good day. I love you !

Thursday, December 08, 2005

A Lamp To My Feet

In my scripture reading this morning, the Lord gave me this familiar passage: "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." (Psalm 119:105) What a great reminder that God has a plan for my daily life. He will tell me where to go, what to say, and what to do. How do I find those valuble assets? By reading His word! I am only as strong in my daily life as I am strong in Bible reading and prayer. It is vital to begin each day with a dose of God's word, and conversation with him in prayer. Then he will direct our daily path and keep steering us back into the center of his will.

Are you having a hard time with your focus this week? Have the days been difficult? Make sure you are including HIM in your daily planning, and all things will work together for your good.

Thanks for your prayers. I went to the doctor to receive some IV fluid to boost my energy, and I am feeling noticably better this morning. I love you! Keep Praying!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Lord is my Partner

When I woke this morning I realized that my battle against cancer was now a two man fight. No more chemo drugs. Just Me & Jesus! What better partner can I ask for on this journey? He promised to never leave me nor forsake me. What a deal! It's the two of us, and my prayer partners from My Journey To A Miracle! I'm surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses who love and pray for me daily! With God as my partner, nothing is impossible!!

Pray for me this morning as I go take some IV Hydration treatments at the hospital. I have become dehydrated and weak, and they want to pump some fluids back into my system. I prayed for you today. I love you!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

A Step of Faith

As you know, I have been taking chemotherapy for my cancer since June. The scans have shown that the chemo has not been effective in reducing the size of my tumors. This last round, my third different medicine, I could only tolerate for two days. So I have made a prayerful decision, one based upon my faith in the healing power of Christ. I am discontinuing my chemotherapy and placing trust for my healing totally in God. I've been told that chemotherapy would not cure me of cancer, and that my only hope was in a Divine Healing. So as of today, God is completely in charge of my healing, and your prayers are needed more than ever! I believe that I will be healed one prayer at a time!

Thanks for being so faithful with your prayers. They have carried me through the past seven months, but now I need them even more than ever. God has promised me that I would not die from this cancer, so now it's up to Him to show His healing in His perfect time! Thanks for walking this journey with me. I need you. I love you!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Monday Prayer Alert

It has not been a good weekend for me. Saturday was a very painful day, and I almost made a trip to the E.R. for some relief. Fortunately, God touched me and I got better. I functioned at about 50% on Sunday, but was able to carry out my duties and preach. I need your prayers today for strength and healing. My immediate need is a total loss of appetite. I can't keep my strength and stamina without eating. Please ask God to restore my appetite. My family wants me to visit the E.R. in the morning to get some IV treatments for dehydration. I am hoping to avoid that with the power of your prayers. Please pray fervantly today. I love you!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Casting Cares Upon God

It is a sunny and cool morning here in Carolina today. While searching the scriptures today, God gave me this great verse: "Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall." (Psalm 55:22) What a great invitation from God! He doesn't want us overburdened with the cares of daily life. He wants us to give our cares to Him, in prayer. His promise is that He will sustain us, that we won't be overcome by our current burdens, and He certainly will never let us fall.

I give the burden of my cancer to Him each morning in prayer. He carries the load for me. I have some difficult days, but I have never fallen! What are you carrying around today? Take time out while you are reading this, and cast your cares on Him. He is standing by, waiting to hear from you!

Thanks for your prayers. I am in Day Two of my new treatment, and so far, so good. Please pray that I will tolerate the side effects, and that they won't affect me whatsoever. I love you!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

A New Chemo Treatment

I met with my oncologist yesterday, and he offered me a new treatment. He discontinued my use of Tarceva, and placed me on a drug called Xeloda. It is an oral drug taken twice daily. We will try it for two weeks to see how I tolerate it's many side effects. If it doesn't work, we will suspend treatments and trust entirely upon the Lord. I'm willing to try one more medicine before giving up on treatments.

Please pray for me today. I am having some pain and discomfort. Also pray that I have little or no side effects from my new medicine today. I prayed for you today, and appreciate the prayer covering that you give to me each day. I love you!